Statement issued by hospital:
â€˜The legendary King of Pop, Michael Jackson, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009, at 2:26 pm (Los Angeles time). It is believed he suffered cardiac arrest in his home. However, the cause of his death is unknown until results of the autopsy are known.
His personal physician, who was with him at the time, attempted to resuscitate Jackson, as did paramedics who transported him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Centre. Upon arriving at the hospital at approximately 1:14 pm, a team of doctors, including emergency physicians and cardiologists, attempted to resuscitate him for a period of more than one hour but were unsuccessful.’
All of us at Visit London are very sad to hear this news and send our deepest sympathy to Michael’s family at this time.
I have been a life-long Michael Jackson fan (we’re about the same age and I immediately fell in love with the kid with the amazing voice and dance moves in 1969) and was looking forward to his performances at the O2. I hope that the controversy which has surrounded his life in recent years will not be remembered. Rather, we remember his genius as a popular entertainer and his appeal to so many people. I am sat in the office opposite a very bright 16 year old student here on work experience. Both of us are equally touched by Michael Jackson’s brilliant music.
I’m now going to put Michael Jackson music on for the rest of the day. And do some work of course!